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Transfatty: Body of Work (2003)


Transfatty: Body of Work

Studio:Transfatty Inc.
Director:Patrick O'Brien
Genre:Film, Experimental

By Joe MacLeod | Posted

The Work: The short answer is this ain't a movie like you're gonna find at the Best Buy or the Blockbuster. But if you're interested in the new kind of serious artist who doesn't take himself seriously, then you should wander through this approximately 111 minutes of short films, music videos, commercials, "industrials," and future-is-now "3D design" (But it's rendered in 2D. Otherwise it'd be sculpture, right? Sorry.) displaying the to-date work of Patrick O'Brien, aka Transfatty, an art student/auteur gone wild with success. But what is success? You may remember the short "Born Again Porn Star," which made the rounds a few years back. The images of TV antennas populating the early moments of the film about a girl plotting to lose her maidenhead before Jesus takes her away are harbingers of Mr. Fatty's visual aesthetic, the brutal infrastructure and accouterments of modern life now finding their way into art. This is art, everything this Transfatty cat does, from the "this is what those music sounds look like" video for Squarepusher's "Go Spastic" to the eerie, unsettling short "Deep in the Heart of Nexus" (a scantily clad female using a walker becomes less clad and prepares for her day), you just know he'd do it all anyway, no matter what, but it seems like he is getting paid some serious coin for commercials and "industrials" by IBM, Acclaim, Rockstar Games, and L'Oreal cosmetics, among others. There's even a Run Lola Run-style spot for something called "Visual Radio--the Nomad Project," with high-tech state-of-the-art digital animation fenestrating reality along with soothing, disturbing voice-over claims of complete voice/telephone/Internet articulation ("find winter-wear store in Nigeria"). But since it's on the same disc with the creepy "Sex Objects XLV" (awkward humans couple bloodlessly, superimposed with--sigh--3D renderings of lumpy biological-looking formations), the Spumco-esque animated short "The Man With the Smallest Penis in Existence and the Electron Microscope Technician Who Loved Him," and the "Web Experiment" "Full-Color Colon Scans," we kinda didn't believe the "Nomad Project" was real, and we've gotta think that's what pleases an entity like Transfatty most.

The Disc: Since everything is à la carte, it's sort of hard to define "extra" DVD content on this one, but Transfatty loves to love, and he loves to give. He's included a few small collections of still photography and three tracks from his weekly "Deep Space Mayonnaise" music downloads, originally available at www.transfatty.com, a few thumbstrokes of the remote away from a fun little "watch something random" option, which serves up random tracks and may be the only way to stumble across any Easter-egg-type content, but it's hard to tell, you know?

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